Flattening prints

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How can you flatten prints and make them stay flat?

-- Anonymous, January 30, 1997


re: Flattening Prints

I flatten prints after they are dry by putting them in a dry mount press under pressure and fairly high heat. I don't use alot of hardener in the fix so the prints don't get cracks. This usually works but for some reason there are "problem" prints. If they won't flatten I rewet them and start again. I never dry-mount and I exhibit this way with good success.

-- Anonymous, February 12, 1997

flattening prints

Hi, for FB papers, squeegee on plexiglass front side down, and lay prints on a fiberglass screen face down. When dry simply stick them between a couple of layers of acid free mounting board and place a heavy book on top.

For RC paper, dry them face up. All else is the same.


-- Anonymous, March 17, 1997

I place my pint onto glass.

Gradually squeegee off the excess water.

Add slightly damp tape (this is important) around the edges to flatten the print. ==================

Wait a couple of hours, not too long for the print to dry and use a scaple to carefully remove the print from the glass.


-- Anonymous, April 15, 1997

Flattening Prints

I remember reading about having a final wash for FB papers that had some glycerin in with the water. Photographer's Formulary use to have a product for this.

-- Anonymous, April 27, 1997

Squeggee (skwee-gee ) the prints. Several hours later and BEFORE totally dry, place between two sheets of clean matt. Place a weight on top. Leave for a few days . I usually only get to print once a week, so I usually leave them for the full week.

Secret seems to be don't wait until too dry (it won't work as well), or too wet (they will stick). Three hours seems about right ( in summertime). If you print until midnight you will have to get up at 4 am ....(sigh)

BTW: I paid a local welding shop 25.00 to make me a 22x26" sheet steel plate with two handles.....works better than books but watch your back.

-- Anonymous, July 09, 1997

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